How “Great Graphics Helped Women Get the Vote”

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Date(s) - 03/28/2020
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Geneva History Museum-Geneva Historical Society


Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment by learning how “Great Graphics Helped Women Get the Vote.” The program will be on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 2:00 pm in the Geneva History Museum, 543 S. Main Street, Geneva.

The speakers will be Norma Press and Walter Gable, members of the Antiques Club of the Finger Lakes, sponsor of the program. Norma and Walt will illustrate and discuss the ways graphics were skillfully used to identify and promote the suffrage movement that led to the approval of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on August 26, 1920. The Amendment said voting rights of citizens shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Suffragists created hundreds of items to promote their cause. See and hear how they used graphics with defined colors, symbols and slogans on posters, buttons, jewelry, sheet music, magazines, umbrellas, window hangars, banners, pennants, clothing and more.

Norma Press is the author of “Votes for Women: Woman Suffrage Movement Inspires Hooked Rugs” for Rug Hooking Magazine. Norma will display hooked rugs inspired by suffrage graphics and discuss rug hooking as a means of women’s independence. Walt Gable is Historian of Seneca County, a popular speaker and the author of numerous books and articles. He regularly writes about Seneca County history for the Finger Lakes Times.

Those attending are invited to wear one or more suffrage colors – gold, purple and white.